The Town of Indian Trail, North Carolina, about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte, is experiencing rapid growth. US Highway 74, the principal highway in the town has faced high levels of congestion.
DRMP provided the design services on a continuing contract to NCDOT for the conversion of four signalized intersections on US 74 in the Town of Indian Trail to superstreet configurations. The project will simplify all signals to two-phase operations, add pedestrian refuge islands, include pedestrian countdown signals and feature crosswalks. Superstreet intersections redirect side-street traffic from going straight through or left at a divided highway intersection. All side-street traffic must turn right, but can then access a U-turn to proceed in the desired direction. New side-street movements include either dual or triple rights at US 74 with single or dual U-turn movements with bulb-outs that accommodate large truck turns. All full movement, signalized intersections along US 74 between Indian Trail-Fairview Road and Wesley Chapel Stouts Road/Sardis Church Road will be converted to superstreets. The project is currently in the construction phase.
By restricting all side-street movements to right turns onto US 74 with proposed U-turns on US 74, the project will significantly improve safety for motorists and pedestrians. The project will reduce the number of potential vehicle conflict points as well as reduce US 74 congestion. The new superstreet intersection reduces US 74 congestion, improves intersection level of service and improves overall traffic flow efficiency.